- Self-Portrait with Eraser, and: Weep Holes, and: Transatlantic
Self-Portrait with Eraser
I drew the eraserfirst because I knew
it better than I knewmyself and because
it had been aroundthe block before me
and because it would,after having its way
with me, rub up againsteverything I'd ever loved.
We build theseinto the dream-
house, holes drilledinto window sills,
so rainy daysdrain out. No
dream's completewithout looking [End Page 76]
ahead, withoutseeing ourselves
looking backat who—
I gave youmy last stamp—send it back. [End Page 77]
Andrea Cohen's most recent poetry collection is Unfathoming. Her sixth collection, Nightshade, will be published by Four Way Books in 2019. Cohen's poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College.